Weekly Update: June 4, 2018

Oh wow! We made it! From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for a fantastic school year!! Your hard work and dedication to our students and each other humbles me. There have been highs and lows, but in just a few days, we are on Summer Vacation!!! Enjoy a much deserved break!!!

Summer Learning Academy:

Summer Learning Academy brochure The schedule is subject to change.

Here’s the link to RSVP. Hope to see you there.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at our summer Shared Leadership on Monday, July 16from 9:30-11:30 with a break for lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30 and then continue from 12:30-2:30. Attendees will be compensated four hours out of contract time.Agenda items include the following: Awards, Duties, Comprehensive School-wide Discipline Plan, School Brand, Modernization, other

Summer Book Club:

Summer Book Club will meet on Monday, July 16 from 8:30-9:30. We will be discussing Kids First from Day One. A copy was placed in each of your mail boxes.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You return to work on Tuesday, July 17th. We will begin the day with an optional continental breakfast. The day is yours to get prepared for the new school year. We will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 at Mendoza for the District Kick Off. Following the Kick Off, you will be free to get lunch, set up your classroom etc. We will meet from 1:00-2:30 on July 18th for Nuts and Bolts. We will meet all day on Thursday, July 19th where lunch will be provided. You will have Friday, July 20th free to finalize planning for the new school year.

Apex Fun Run Survey:

The Emory PTA made approximately $4900 from this fundraiser.

Please click here to provide feedback about the Apex Fun Run/Leadership Activities/Fundraiser.

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: May 28, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. You may want to use this time to begin cleaning out your classroom or to work on your report cards.

Summer Learning Academy:

Summer Learning Academy brochure The schedule is subject to change.

Here’s the link to RSVP. Hope to see you there.

 

Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered:

Thank you for assessing your students and entering the data on time. I appreciate your hard work!!

Summer Clean Up/Clean Out- prep for libraries and modernization:

After school dismisses, this summer, Dr. McNamara will walk every classroom in the South Bay Union School District.

Emory Modernization- This summer the SBUSD Maintenance team will paint the exterior of the cafeteria and office. At Summer Shared Leadership, I will share DRAFT details of the architect’s recommendations for our school. We are scheduled for a re-model for the 2018-19 school year.
Additional Classroom Library Books:
This summer, a team of IMRTs (Teresa’s an IMRT) will visit all schools to check in our new classroom libraries. The books will come with bins. You will need to find room in your classrooms. A recommendation was made that you place some of the books in your cabinets and rotate books in and out during the year. This keeps your library fresh and allows space for all books.
Storing and Discarding Excess Materials:
In preparation for modernization and to clean out unneeded items, Carlos, Alex and Teresa have been purging our storage containers. As many Emory teachers have worked here for a long time, you have a lot of stuff. I encourage you to dispose of items which you have not used in more than 3 years. We have freed up a limited amount of storage space in our storage units/classroom cupboards.
  • If you have old tech, furniture or large items that you no longer want, are broken/damaged or unusable please email me and label items discard that you no longer want (if they are large or tech);
  • If there are materials and resources in your classroom that are very out of date (no longer board approved, not a current resource or used for instruction in the last two-three years) please email me and label items discard (if you need boxes please let Eunice or Carlos know);
  • If you have items that need to be shredded, please put them in a box and label them please email me and label items SHRED;
  • If you would like to store instructional materials in a site storage location, please email me and label the box with your name and the contents (example-math manipulatives).
  • If you need access to a large trash bin, please let Carlos know when and where. 

    End of Year Checklist for Summer Custodian Deep Clean Prep:

    Student desks cleaned on top and inside out (marks, stickers, tape, and trash removed).
    Teacher’s desk cleared off.
    Student chairs stacked by 5 and placed to the side of the room.
    Whiteboards cleaned (remove all writing).
    Closets, cupboards, and windows cleaned (marks, tape, posters, signs, etc.).
    Walls and windows cleared of paper.
    All tops of cabinets clear (NO boxes).
    Unwanted items – stack by door inside classroom – label “DISCARD”.
    Place all trash in the trash can. Carpets picked up (including staples).
    Remove all books/toys/blocks from top of bookcases.
    Personal valuables removed.
     Clear all tables, also remove all boxes/etc. from under desks and tables so that the carpet/floor can be cleaned.
    If there are repairs needed in your room, please place a work order in Opra.

We will be working with the Warehouse to dispose of our purged items. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at our summer Shared Leadership on Monday, July 16 from 9:30-11:30 with a break for lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30 and then continue from 12:30-2:30. Attendees will be compensated four hours out of contract time. Agenda items include the following: Awards, Duties, Comprehensive School-wide Discipline Plan, School Brand, Modernization, other

Summer Book Club:

Summer Book Club will meet on Monday, July 16 from 8:30-9:30. We will be discussing Kids First from Day One. A copy was placed in each of your mail boxes.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You return to work on Tuesday, July 17th. We will begin the day with an optional continental breakfast. The day is yours to get prepared for the new school year. We will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 at Mendoza for the District Kick Off. Following the Kick Off, you will be free to get lunch, set up your classroom etc. We will meet from 1:00-2:30 on July 18th for Nuts and Bolts. We will meet all day on Thursday, July 19th where lunch will be provided. You will have Friday, July 20th free to finalize planning for the new school year.
Apex Fun Run Survey:

Please click here to provide feedback about the Apex Fun Run/Leadership Activities/Fundraiser.

Water for Field Days:

The PTA purchase bottle water for the students to have on Field Day next week.  Please contact Teresa to make arrangements. It would be best to help your students label the bottles with their name.

Report Cards:

The report card window is open. Here are a few reminders:

·         Here is Jen Oliveira’s extensive Assessment and Report Card document which is designed to answer all of your questions.
·         Remember all report cards this year will use 8.5 x 11 paper and are 2 sided with grades on BOTH sides.
·         Here is a video about ELD Grades. The previously mentioned Assessment and Report Card document has a lot of the same information. UPDATEMost likely we’ll be changing how this looks next year, just waiting for some guidance from CDE.
·         TIP: Use a text editor (like Word or Google docs) to type your comments, then copy and paste into Illuminate.
·         Remember to SAVE often!
·         If you’re new to Illuminate and report cards check out more informative videos about entering grades – Learning and Innovation website, click on the Assessment tab, then Illuminate Resources.
·         Chrome, Chrome, Chrome
·         You will have 750 characters (including spaces) to write your comments. It may look like you have more space but you’ll only have 750 characters.
·         If you are using the Standards-based Gradebook, this document will help you connect the grades to the report card.
·         Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, May 30th.
·         Reading Assessment Data– Please CLEAR your filters then search “fountas” or “DRA”. Use the 2017-18 3rd Administration.
Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans. However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials.
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend.
Quote of the Week:
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Weekly Update: May 21, 2018

Staff PD:

We do NOT meet as a staff. Please use this time to enter your Fountas and Pinnell data, work on report cards or any other activities which will benefit your team.

Fountas and Pinnell Assessments:
“Fountas and Pinnell will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level and provide appropriate instruction to progress. In Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) andIndependent level, and collect information on accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and genre on Instructional Level. It is ideal to test to Hard in order to ensure students are not actually reading at a higher level. Use of the WORD LIST is not considered a level, and is used to determine a starting point for students without prior scores.
·        First round completed by September 1
·        TK/K teachers to complete first round by November 3
·        Second round completed by February 2 (all grades)
·        Third round completed by May 25 (all grades)
·
Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.
·        What do I put in Illuminate?– For Instructional, put whatever is going to be most helpful to you.
English Language Learners:
·        Newcomers:  For newcomers 3rd – 6th grade in an SEI program and primary language is Spanish should be tested in DRA Spanish to gauge their reading level.  This is one  indication that they are at grade level or not.  All newcomers 3rd – 6th grade newcomers regardless of primary language  should then be tested in English using F & P.  Caution: Newcomers should not be placed in A/B books.  A/B books are for concepts of print and generally our 3rd – 6th grade newcomers read in their primary language.  The lowest possible level a newcomer in 3rd – 6th to be place in F & P is level C and DRA is level 4.  
Independent Reading Level Benchmarks: Teachers will use the benchmarks according to  Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project which can be foundhere.  (Schools administering DRA, can use this correlation chart to determine levels).
TIP: Here is a cheat sheet on how to enter scores in Illuminate
Apex Fun Run:
Leadership Videos
Monday May 21 – TEACHABLE
 
Tuesday May 22 – EMPATHISE
 
Wednesday May 23 – DO YOUR BEST
 
Thursday May 24 – No Video FUN RUN PREP

Friday, May 25           Run the course

8:15-9:05        4th/5th

9:15-10:05      K/1

10:15-11:05    2/3rd

Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans. However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials.
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend

Summer Learning Academy:

When: Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th

8-3PM

Where: Ed Center (601 Elm Ave Imperial Beach 91932)

What: Professional Learning Conference-Style, based on your feedback and interests.

What’s new:

  • Slightly shorter sessions, with some built in time to chat with colleagues about what you learned and how you will implement.
  • Sessions for parents and students on June 6th
    • How to support literacy, math, technology, and movement over the summer

New Schedule:

Meet in Burress

Session 1

Session 2

Give and Get Session- share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and learn something new from your colleagues

Session 3

Lunch

Session 4

Give and Get Session

Meet in Burress for Evaluation and Opportunity Drawing

Year End Reminders:

As we approach the end of the year, just a couple of reminders:
1)      If you have a student that is not feeling well, please do not let the student call home from your classroom, send the student to the office and we will make the phone call if necessary.   Please inform the office, if you have made a call and are expecting a return call from the parent. 
2)      When sending a student to the office with an injury/illness, please send the student with an Illness and Injury form.
3)      If your class will not be eating in the cafeteria, please be sure to inform the Cafeteria staff 3 days in advance.
4)      Field trip reminder-if a student rides the bus they must return on the bus unless prior arrangements have been made. 

 

Report Cards:

The report card window is open. Here are a few reminders:
·         Here is Jen Oliveira’s extensive Assessment and Report Card document which is designed to answer all of your questions.
·         Remember all report cards this year will use 8.5 x 11 paper and are 2 sided with grades on BOTH sides.
·         Here is a video about ELD Grades. The previously mentioned Assessment and Report Card document has a lot of the same information. UPDATEMost likely we’ll be changing how this looks next year, just waiting for some guidance from CDE.
·         TIP: Use a text editor (like Word or Google docs) to type your comments, then copy and paste into Illuminate.
·         Remember to SAVE often!
·         If you’re new to Illuminate and report cards check out more informative videos about entering grades – Learning and Innovation website, click on the Assessment tab, then Illuminate Resources.
·         Chrome, Chrome, Chrome
·         You will have 750 characters (including spaces) to write your comments. It may look like you have more space but you’ll only have 750 characters.
·         If you are using the Standards-based Gradebook, this document will help you connect the grades to the report card.
·         Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, May 30th.
·         Reading Assessment Data– Please CLEAR your filters then search “fountas” or “DRA”. Use the 2017-18 3rd Administration.

Quote of the week:

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Weekly Update: May 14, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a staff this week. Our meeting will begin with information about the Apex Leadership/Fundraiser/Fun run.  We will also build classes for the 2018-19 school year.

Blue Slips: 

Please bring your blue slips to lunch on Monday, May 14.

ILT:

Thanks to Karina, Laura, Jeanne, RoseAnn and Angelica (sorry Holli and Erin) for attending ILT. Linked below is the presentation from the day.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zuJuLp_nYspwHOzIjVi4vGEijtmNY6cZ1cWi-C1ineY/edit#slide=id.g398fea8f9f_0_103

Fountas and Pinnell Assessments:
“Fountas and Pinnell will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level and provide appropriate instruction to progress. In Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) andIndependent level, and collect information on accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and genre on Instructional Level. It is ideal to test to Hard in order to ensure students are not actually reading at a higher level. Use of the WORD LIST is not considered a level, and is used to determine a starting point for students without prior scores.
·        First round completed by September 1
·        TK/K teachers to complete first round by November 3
·        Second round completed by February 2 (all grades)
·        Third round completed by May 25 (all grades)
·
Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.
·        What do I put in Illuminate?– For Instructional, put whatever is going to be most
helpful to you.
English Language Learners:
·        Newcomers:  For newcomers 3rd – 6th grade in an SEI program and primary language is Spanish should be tested in DRA Spanish to gauge their reading level.  This is one  indication that they are at grade level or not.  All newcomers 3rd – 6th grade newcomers regardless of primary language  should then be tested in English using F & P.  Caution: Newcomers should not be placed in A/B books.  A/B books are for concepts of print and generally our 3rd – 6th grade newcomers read in their primary language.  The lowest possible level a newcomer in 3rd – 6th to be place in F & P is level C and DRA is level 4.  
Independent Reading Level Benchmarks: Teachers will use the benchmarks according to  Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project which can be foundhere.  (Schools administering DRA, can use this correlation chart to determine levels).
TIP: Here is a cheat sheet on how to enter scores in Illuminate

Apex Fun Run:

If you have a few extra moments, please watch this two minute video https://vimeo.com/224550215

Apex Leadership Kick Off Assemblies

Tuesday, May 15

TK-2   1:05-1:40

3-5       1:50-2:25

Teacher Huddle

Wednesday, May 16

1:45 Room 23

Apex Leadership Daily Activity

Daily May 16-24

Show 5-7 minutes video, receive 2-5 minutes visit from Apex leadership staff

Apex Fun Run

Friday, May 25           Run the course

8:15-9:05        4th/5th

9:15-10:05      K/1

10:15-11:05    2/3rd

5th Grade Physical Fitness Testing:
Great job Angelica, Don, Erika and Melinda getting our kids fit and completing the PFT testing.
Just a reminder all PE testing must be done and entered into Illuminate by May 18th.
·         Here is the PFT Resource Page.
·         Here are directions for entering data into Illuminate. (Nothing has changed about the data you are collecting, even though Illuminate has fields for EVERYTHING. You do not have to collect BMI, for example.)
·         Here are some additional resources you might need.
·         Please do not enter 4’ 12”…
·         Please do not use decimals for weight.
·         Please enter height in feet and inches, NOT inches.
Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans. However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials.
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend

 

Summer Learning Academy:

When: Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th

8-3PM

Where: Ed Center (601 Elm Ave Imperial Beach 91932)

What: Professional Learning Conference-Style, based on your feedback and interests.

What’s new:

  • Slightly shorter sessions, with some built in time to chat with colleagues about what you learned and how you will implement.
  • Sessions for parents and students on June 6th
    • How to support literacy, math, technology, and movement over the summer

New Schedule:

Meet in Burress

Session 1

Session 2

Give and Get Session- share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and learn something new from your colleagues

Session 3

Lunch

Session 4

Give and Get Session

Meet in Burress for Evaluation and Opportunity Drawing

 

Upcoming Dates:

Principal Roundtable: May 15

Last Day 5/6 ELD: May 17

Last Day TK/K ELD: May 18

Last Day of Imagine Learning: May 18

Last day of PLC: May 24

Last Day 1-4 ELD: May 24

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered May 25

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: May 7, 2018

Thanks to upper grade teachers for your hard work and flexibility. Thank you all, again, for a fantastic celebration this week.

Staff Meeting:

We do NOT meet as a staff. It is a PLC week. This might be a good time to share what you did at ILT, work with your colleagues to prepare for the next round of Fountas and Pinnell assessments or anything else which is of value to your team.

Self Control:

We will be starting our new and final character trait for the school year with Self-Control and the award assembly will be on May 18thThe video is available on the connect with kids website (http://sbusd.connectwithkids.com/). The video can be reached by going to Student Resources-> Elementary->Character/Life Skills. Lesson plans to use/modify are right below the video and the K-2 lesson plans are available on the previous page.
Mother’s/Father’s Day Celebrations:
Thank you for the many ways that you honor our families. As we approach Mothers’ Day, I encourage you to use caution in spending much time whole class on these activities as we have students who have mothers who are ill, have passed or are absent.
ELD Resumes:
We will resume ELD groups beginning Monday, May 7th.
5th Grade Physical Fitness Testing:
Great job Angelica, Don, Erika and Melinda getting our kids fit and completing the PFT testing.
Just a reminder all PE testing must be done and entered into Illuminate by May 18th.
·         Here is the PFT Resource Page.
·         Here are directions for entering data into Illuminate. (Nothing has changed about the data you are collecting, even though Illuminate has fields for EVERYTHING. You do not have to collect BMI, for example.)
·         Here are some additional resources you might need.
·         Please do not enter 4’ 12”…
·         Please do not use decimals for weight.
·         Please enter height in feet and inches, NOT inches.
Volunteer Luncheon Names:
It’s that time of the year that we recognize our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS that have gone above and beyond.  If you have a parent that has volunteered in your class, please submit the names to Eunice by Thursday, May 10th.  Sorry but field trips do not count.
Code Announcements:
Code Gray-for any staff to use to request immediate EMERGENCY assistance. This is a signal to let the office know that you require immediate support.
Code Blue-this is a signal to our search team to begin searching campus for a missing (or hiding) student.
Chromebook Care:
It was recommended by our IT department that you incorporate scheduled physical monitoring of devices into your classroom routine (weekly/monthly checks w/student assistance) and to submit Opra requests as soon as issues are identified and not wait until a batch of problems is evident.
  
Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
 
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
 
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
 
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans.  However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials. 
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend
Fountas and Pinnell Assessments:
 
“Fountas and Pinnell will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level and provide appropriate instruction to progress. In Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) andIndependent level, and collect information on accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and genre on Instructional Level. It is ideal to test to Hard in order to ensure students are not actually reading at a higher level. Use of the WORD LIST is not considered a level, and is used to determine a starting point for students without prior scores.
·        First round completed by September 1
·        TK/K teachers to complete first round by November 3
·        Second round completed by February 2 (all grades)
·        Third round completed by May 25 (all grades)
·         
Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.
   
·        What do I put in Illuminate?– For Instructional, put whatever is going to be most helpful to you.
 
English Language Learners:
·        Newcomers:  For newcomers 3rd – 6th grade in an SEI program and primary language is Spanish should be tested in DRA Spanish to gauge their reading level.  This is one  indication that they are at grade level or not.  All newcomers 3rd – 6th grade newcomers regardless of primary language  should then be tested in English using F & P.  Caution: Newcomers should not be placed in A/B books.  A/B books are for concepts of print and generally our 3rd – 6th grade newcomers read in their primary language.  The lowest possible level a newcomer in 3rd – 6th to be place in F & P is level C and DRA is level 4.  
 
Independent Reading Level Benchmarks: Teachers will use the benchmarks according to  Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project which can be foundhere.  (Schools administering DRA, can use this correlation chart to determine levels).
 
TIP: Here is a cheat sheet on how to enter scores in Illuminate
Upcoming Dates:Q&A with Superintendent Dr. McNamara (optional): May 10th  at 2:40 in room 23

Last Day of Imagine Learning: May 18

Last day of PLC is May 24

Apex Fun Run May 25

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered May 25

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: April 30, 2018

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT Meet as a staff this week.

CAASPP Testing:

Thank you for your hard work and flexibility. We continue testing this week.

CAASPP Testing Schedule

DO NOT USE Your CELL PHONES DURING TESTING. Use your classroom phone to call the office to ask for help.

See link below for small group rosters

As a reminder, NEWCOMERS DO NOT take the ELA assessments. Please send them to the library during the ELA assessments.

School Lunch Hero Day- Friday, May 4th:
On Friday May 4th, 2018 the Child Nutrition Site Staff will be celebrated as School Cafeteria Super Heroes in each of our school site cafeterias. South Bay has celebrated School Lunch Hero Day for the past three years with students and staff showing appreciation for our Child Nutrition Heroes in many creative ways with letters, cards, and posters or just verbally saying “Thank you for all you do”.   It would be great if students and staff can participate again to recognize their Cafeteria Staff on Super Hero day. 
 

ILT:

Thank you to Karina, Laura, Jeanne, RoseAnn, Holli, Angelica and Shelly for representing us at grade level ILT. You will meet in Conference Rooms 1/2/3 from 8:30-2:30.

 Please bring the following:
·        Fountas and Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide (purple book- let me know if you did not receive yours)
·        UNIT 1 of the Reading Units of Study
·        CHARGED laptop
 
TK/K May 1           1/2  May 3
3/4     May 8            5/6 May 10

Upcoming Dates:

RFEP Monitoring forms: Due May 4th (select teachers)

Q&A with Superintendent Dr. McNamara (optional): May 10th  at 2:40 in room 23

Last Day of Imagine Learning: May 18

Last day of PLC is May 24

Apex Fun Run May 25

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered May 25

Quote of the Week:

Not sure Warren Buffet said it but…….

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Weekly Update: April 23, 2018

Staff Meeting:

We DO meet as a staff this week. We will meet in room 23. Please bring your laptops as Brenda Robles will join us to present information about ST Math reports and intervention.

CAASPP Testing:

For students in grades 3-6, CAASPP testing begins next week (April 23- May 11). For these three weeks, Mayra’s LLI groups will be canceled as she will be helping with assessment and make ups. CAASPP Testing Schedule

DO NOT USE Your CELL PHONES DURING TESTING. Use your classroom phone to call the office to ask for help. 

All Teachers

  • Minimize the use of ‘streaming media’ sites, such as streaming video and audio content (Youtube, Brain Pop etc.) unless instructionally crucial.
    1. Where necessary, teachers should try to display this type of streaming media content via projector
  • Avoid downloading or uploading large files or folders during regular ‘student attendance’ hours, where possible.

3rd – 8th Grade Teachers:

  1. Chromebooks Full Shutdown Reminder: When students are logged in, have them click the clock in the bottom right tray of the Chromebook screen, then click the Shut Down icon
  2.  For the past two weeks, the State’s Tier 2 Technical Support team has been investigating reports that their AirSecureTest app has demonstrated problems.
    The State Technical Support team has recommended the following:
    Be prepared for a possibility of a certain proportion of student Apps to freeze or delay and let students know BEFOREHAND that restarting the device and re-logging-in is a possibility. The test will always allow them to continue where they left off.
  3.  It is a good idea to have a PLAN B in place. If a student has trouble with the browser:
    1.      Watch the student re-attempt to login to ensure they’re following directions.
    2.      Restart their device and re-login to continue where they left off.
    3.      Try a different device when one becomes available (from your cart, Teacher Chromebook, as other students finish).
    4.   If they’ve tried to login twice or more on 2 different devices without any success, consider putting them on a make-up list, and try again another day with assistance from Erin or Jenn.
  4. We have set up the rosters for CAASPP small group testing.  If your name is NOT listed below, you will be testing your homeroom roster in it’s entirety. If you see your name below, one or more of your students will be pulled from your room for testing or you are a small group tester (Monica, Tracy, Dave)- please see the link below for details.
    * Carson
    * Castellanos
    * Hueso
    * Pehrson
    * Kinnamon
    * Seubert
    * Benson
    * Rolfe

PLNU:

Thanks to K.C., Erika Pehrson, Angelica Goulding, Melinda Seubert, Shelly Molina, Erin Major, Dave Benson, Patty Valdivia, and Don Brizendine.

Second Lesson                April 26    1:30-2:25

Math TOSAs visit First and Second Grade PLC:

Focus of PLC for 1st & 2nd Grade:

PD on Basic Math Facts (Addition/Subtraction) – An actual resource for teaching basic math facts (addition/subtraction) has been ordered for you and should  be arriving soon. During PLC Susy Chavez will be going over the organization of each chapter, building content knowledge around the instructional process for teaching basic math facts beyond memorization.

Grade Level ILT meetings:

Our final ILT meetings are on the horizon. Please see the dates below. These are full day meetings which will be held at the Ed Center. With your grade level team, please select one to represent your grade. Please send me names by April 27.

May 1   ILT TK/K

May 3   1/2

May 8   3/4

May 10 5/6

Innovation Expo:

We’re gearing up for the SBUSD Innovation Expo. We’ve got great speakers, fun interactive booths, and dinner! Thanks to Holli, Erika, Jennifer H and Karen T for representing us at the Expo.
Join us Wednesday, April 25th at the Ed Center starting at 4:30pm.

Education Foundation Grants:

Need $MONEY$ for a special project? The SBUSD Education Foundation has grant  money available for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applications are available at sbusdef.org beginning April 2, 2018, with submissions due on or before April 27, 2018.  These grants are for up to $500.00 for each person listed on the application. Certificated and classified employees of SBUSD are encouraged to apply.  Grant applications will receive a blind read by a committee of community members, and an announcement of recipients will be made on May 15, 2018. Contact Karen Tomlinson at sbusdef@yahoo.comwith any questions.

South Bay’s Got Talent Art Showcase:

We have the opportunity to showcase 4 student artists at the South Bay’s Got Talent Show. Please see below for display details. By May 4th, please let me know if you have any student artwork to submit.
 
Size: 
2D Work: 18″ x 24″ or smaller is the easiest to display, however, if you have an amazing piece that is larger please let me know
3D Work: 12″ x 12″ x 12″ or smaller is easiest to display (again, exceptions can be made)
Mounting:
2D Work: Please have artwork mounted on Black poster board or mat board. Black construction paper will work in a pinch, but will not display as professionally. if you need help with this part, please reach out to me directly. I am happy to advise or even mount the work if needed (with some notice, please).
3D Work: Must be able to stand independently on a flat surface and should not be a hazard (fall over/break easily)
Artist Credit:
Please be sure that all visual artwork has an artist entry form completed (editable form is attached here)
Delivery and Return of Artwork:
Delivery of artwork can be made to Central Elementary or to Amy Cooper at the District Office on or before Tuesday, May 15th.
Artwork will be returned to schools the following week, or can be picked up from the District Office on Monday, May 21st.
Number of Pieces per Site:
Please, no more than four artworks per site.
 

Upcoming Dates:

RFEP Monitoring forms: Due May 4th (select teachers)

Q&A with Superintendent Dr. McNamara (optional): May 10th  at 2:40 in room 23

Last Day of Imagine Learning: May 18

Last day of PLC is May 24

Apex Fun Run May 25

Quote of the Week:

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